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Paul Ryan’s New Poverty Plan Focuses on Opportunity, but Comes up Short

Federal anti-poverty programs come under a magnifying glass in Ryan’s new proposal
Paul Ryan has a released a new poverty plan that advocates consolidating federal safety net programs and turning the money over to the states. It’s always worth taking a look at changes that could make anti-poverty program more effective, but Ryan’s approach would decrease opportunity for individuals living in poverty, not increase it.

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Nikkita Oliver: An Activism-Based Approach to Law

The ACLU of Washington has many wonderful interns who assist with our work. We would like you to meet some of them.

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State budget compromise gives teachers 7 percent raise, GOP leaders mum on details about potential cuts

In a joint press conference Tuesday, N.C House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate President Pro-Tem Phil Berger gave a broad outline of their recently-reached compromise on the state’s $21.3 billion budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. The Republican legislative leaders used the half-hour press conference to outline what the budget would do ...

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Want Safer Communities? Throw Fewer People Behind Bars

Before he started singing with muppets, John Oliver showed us a lot of boxes of Cheerios. This was in the second minute of his epic rant on the state of the U.S. criminal justice system last week.

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Public schools across North Carolina adopt universal meal programs

With a new school year approaching, many local school boards across North Carolina will join an effort to help end childhood hunger. For the 2014-15 school year the nation-wide Community Eligibility Program (CEP) allows high-poverty North Carolina schools to eliminate collecting school meal applications and offer breakfast and lunch to all of their students at ...

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How to Save $24 Billion and Fix Our Broken Justice System

Here's a hypothetical for you: Someone approaches you on the street and offers you a big stack of cash with no strings attached. Do you take it?
Of course you do.
As much as we'd like to pretend otherwise, money matters. And that's why the fact that the Smarter Sentencing Act would save taxpayers $24 billion over 20 years shouldn't be overlooked by Congress.

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I’m One of the Faces of Welfare…and I’m Not Ashamed

When I was a child my parents used food stamps to help feed me and I’m not ashamed. I’m not ashamed because it wasn’t my fault. I’m not ashamed because it wasn’t my parents’ fault. More importantly, I’m not ashamed because no one should be ashamed that at some point in their life they had to rely on the help of others to get by.

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Medical-legal alliances help low-income patients

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Medical-legal alliances help low-income patients

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Philadelphia Inquirer

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Monday, July 28, 2014

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Health-Law Patients Boost Hospital Profits

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Health-Law Patients Boost Hospital Profits

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The Wall Street Journal

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Friday, July 25, 2014

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